Wasteful Willows must start to take their chances

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WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS’ manager Paul Smith has urged his mis-firing players to start converting their chances after the wasteful Willows were held to a 1-1 draw away from home by Wivenhoe Town.

James Tatham, Paul Musgrove and Ryan Foster were all guilty of missing golden opportunities in a first half dominated by the visitors before Wivenhoe striker Townsend took advantage of a missed header by Tom Fenner to finish neatly.

Thankfully for the Willows, in the final moments of the match John Taylor was on hand to pounce on a dropped ball by the home side’s keeper before striking a low drive into the bottom left corner, ensuring Walsham snatched a share of the spoils and stopped a run of two straight league defeats.

Despite stopping a run of defeats, Walsham’s inability to convert chances has left them as the Ridgeons League Premier Division’s second lowest scorers, with only basement side Great Yarmouth Town scoring fewer on 19, but just a solitary goal behind.

Smith was relieved not to leave Essex pointless but admitted his side’s inability to convert opportunities is something that has to change.

“Thankfully we managed to get an equaliser late on in the game because I would have been gutted if we lost that match,” he said.

“We were on top in the first half but missed a number of opportunities.

“Our lack of goals is something we obviously need to change.

“We have been creating chances, but have been unable to convert them into goals

“We are aware of that, but it is how our luck is going at the moment. I would be more concerned if we were not creating the chances.

“It is the hardest thing to do in football, but it is something we need to do so we can take some pressure off of the defence.”

One victory in the last four matches leaves the club languishing at the wrong end of the table in 19th and although the team hold as many as six games in hand on teams around them, Smith is fully aware that points in those games are not guaranteed, but remained hopeful of claiming victory in tomorrow’s visit of high-flying Wisbech Town.

“We are down there at the bottom of the league at the moment because we have not been good enough,” he added.

“We have games in hand but we have been losing those so that needs to change if we are going to climb the table.

“If we can limit Wisbech to a few chances then you never know we could cause an upset and get a win.”